SHAH ALAM, Jan 21 – The Selangor government will keep the foreign workers’ need for Covid-19 vaccination in mind as it purchases vaccines for the state’s residents, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
He said the state government planned to provide the vaccines at affordable prices, especially for factory operators who hired many foreign nationals.
“The state government will buy the vaccines, but we may sell these at a minimal price to the factories to ensure the foreign workers receive the vaccines.
“As the federal government is focusing on the local population, we will be focusing on both locals and foreign workers in need of vaccination,” he told reporters at his official residence here today.
“If the purchase is successful, the vaccines could be given to the locals for free, further reducing the burden of the federal government.
“The state government has also listed out vaccine suppliers, but this is still under discussion at this stage,” he added.
Amirudin also said that he managed to discuss this with the Health Ministry during the visit by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to the low-risk treatment and quarantine centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang yesterday, and a few matters were agreed upon between both parties.
“However, I will be finalising the matters related to Covid-19 during my official meeting with the ministry next week,” he said.
Last Monday, the Selangor state government said it would purchase about five million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the state’s people.